Below are the responsibilities of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education.

The Commission:
  • approves new units of instruction.  This includes new institutions, mergers, branch campuses, colleges, schools, divisions and departments.
  • approves any new academic programs.
  • approves off-campus instruction.
  • facilitates planning for higher education.  This includes developing a statewide plan.
  • reviews and makes recommendations concerning existing programs.
  • prepares a Consolidated Budget Recommendation to the Governor and the Legislature.
  • collects and compiles information concerning higher education in the State.
  • administers student assistance programs.
  • conducts studies on higher education issues and makes recommendations to the institutions, the Legislature and the Governor concerning its findings.
  • provides a state-level framework for institutions to respond cooperatively and individually to the needs of the citizens of the State.
  • reviews institutional facilities masterplans and report to trustees and the Legislature.
  • maintains an electronic student unit record system to provide accountability on student progress.
  • oversight for the programmatic review of private and public institutions operating as foreign corporations in Alabama in accord with the regulatory authority assigned to the Commission by statute.
  • serves as the state portal for Alabama’s participation in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA).

The Commission is not responsible for:
  • the appropriation or allocation of funds.
  • the termination of existing programs or existing units of instruction outside the program viability process.
  • the approval of new construction projects.
  • the establishment of tuition and fees.
  • recommending/enforcing policies concerning enrollment parameters. This includes: setting enrollment caps; limiting the number of out-of-state students; setting residency requirements; or setting admission standards.
  • setting faculty work loads or salaries.
  • the hiring and firing of personnel at the institutions.

Instruction Item Categories - Senior Institutions

Instruction Item Categories - Public Two-Year Colleges

Code of Alabama
This website will provide you access to a compilation of the codified statutes of Alabama. In order to access the site, please click on the above link. Scroll down and select "Title 16: Education." Code sections related to the Alabama Commission on Higher Education can be found under Chapter 5.

Administrative Procedures
This site will provide you access to the Alabama Administrative Code published by the Legislative Reference Service pursuant to subsection (e) of Section 41-2--7 of the Code of Alabama 1975. The Alabama Administrative Code is a compilation of the rules of all state agencies covered by the Alabama Administrative Procedure Act.  The procedures of the Commission on Higher Education may be found under Chapter 300.

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